The Mitsubishi XFC Concept, which was recently displayed at the Newport Mall in Pasay City, will soon bear fruit in a production model that follows the concept car’s radical styling. Set to be a competitor to the Hyundai Creta and Toyota Raize, the new Mitsubishi compact SUV aims to be the best in its class with design and capabilities catered to the ASEAN region.
In fact, the new Mitsubishi compact SUV is really putting ASEAN customers at the top of its priority list. The development of the vehicle took into account how compact SUVs are used in the ASEAN region, which is why it will have a high ground clearance of 222 mm along with four drive modes: Normal, Wet, Gravel and Mud. The new Wet mode in particular makes it less likely to lose control of the steering wheel and allows for worry-free driving even on roads flooded by sudden showers.
The four drive modes enable the vehicle to handle various road conditions through integrated control of the Active Yaw Control (AYC) torque vectoring by braking and engine torque distribution. Mitsubishi says this improves controllability by adjusting the driving force on the front left and right wheels via the traction control, engine control, and power steering control.
Perhaps a feature that audiophiles will love is its available Dynamic Sound Yamaha Premium sound system. Through joint development with Yamaha, the interior has been developed with optimal sound quality and acoustics to bring out the full potential of the speakers. The system adjusts not only the volume to match vehicle speed but also the sound quality itself.
“In developing the all-new compact SUV, we enhanced road performance through repeated testing in Japan on a course that mirrored the road conditions of the ASEAN region, as well as thorough, extensive road testing in the region itself,” said Masahiro Ito, chief product specialist, Mitsubishi Motors. “We developed the Dynamic Sound Yamaha Premium with special attention to high-quality sound, so that customers who come on board can enjoy an exciting driving experience. This all-new compact SUV is full of Mitsubishi Motors-ness and attractions befitting a Mitsubishi vehicle, so please look forward to the launch.”
The new Mitsubishi compact SUV is expected to debut this August 10 at the 30th GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show.